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COVID-19: Announcements, Measures, and Guidelines

Stay tuned for news releases to our community and information about the measures and guidelines in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.


January 10, 2022

Adjustment of measures in effect at INRS

INRS must follow the most recent directive from the Ministry of Higher Education, based on government public health recommendations, which calls for the resumption of in-person classes in all university institutions by January 31 at the latest.

In order to ensure the health and safety of its community, INRS is therefore announcing a review of the directives applicable on its campuses for the beginning of the winter season so that they align with the recommendations from the Ministry and from public health. The INRS administration is in contact with the Ministry of Higher Education, the heads of the other universities and the Public Health Department, to ensure that if the epidemiological situation and the guidelines change, we will inform you as soon as possible.

Also, we inform you that courses offered in the winter semester, which began on January 10, 2022, delivered remotely, will be offered in-person as of January 31, 2022, in accordance with government guidelines. Laboratory activities may continue, in compliance with public health measures. Working remotely is required until February 28, 2022, for staff whose presence is not essential to research and training activities.

Adjustment of the applicable guidelines

The new Omicron variant is highly infectious, and the infectious period begins 48 hours before symptoms appear. As such, wearing masks and physical distancing is crucial to avoid outbreaks. In addition, the following are the new guidelines in effect until further notice on our campuses:

  • If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, please do not come to campus or leave campus as soon as they appear. You should isolate yourself if you are living with or have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Telework is mandatory for staff members whose presence is not essential on campus;
  • A minimum distance of two meters must be maintained between people at all times;
  • The procedure mask provided by INRS must be worn at all times. Anyone who wears an N95 mask upon arrival at INRS may keep it. The mask may be removed only in the following cases: if you are alone in a closed room, for drinking or eating (ideally alone in a room). The mask must be replaced quickly after the break.

Management of positive cases, with symptoms or contacts with symptomatic or positive individuals

  • If you have symptoms, you should isolate yourself and do a rapid test if possible. You must stay isolated as long as you have symptoms (even if you have a negative rapid test). You must also advise INRS by filling out the form or by writing to the following address:
  • If your presence is essential, you may return to INRS facilities 5 days after the onset of symptoms only if they have been gone for more than 24 hours (except for coughing and loss of smell and taste) and you are double vaccinated. If you are not double vaccinated, you must remain in isolation for 10 days following the onset of symptoms.

We encourage everyone in our community to get a third dose of the vaccine: Clic Santé Portal

If you have any questions, please visit the COVID-19 section of our website or email :

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your caring and resilience. If you need support, please note that the Employee and Student Assistance Program (PAEE) has tools to help you through this difficult time. You can access free, confidential, 24/7 professional support by phone at 1-800-361-2433. The My EAP mobile app also provides immediate access to support wherever you are. Feel free to visit the INRS website to find out about the various psychological support services offered free of charge to our community.

We hope these measures will help to limit the spread of outbreaks and to maintain our activities. We would like to thank you for your great collaboration, and we wish you a good winter semester, despite these particular circumstances.

The Chief Executive Office

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INRS is mobilized to support you during the pandemic

A committee has been set up to closely monitor developments. This committee communicates regularly and as soon as necessary the instructions, important information and preventive measures announced by the Quebec Ministry of Education and Higher Education and by Public Health.

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